Apple Watch Used To Monitor Baby Who Was Delivered In-Flight

While it probably doesn’t happen often, people do give birth on planes. However, there is a risk because planes are hardly the most sanitary of locations, plus if anything goes wrong, it’s not guaranteed that there will be a doctor or someone who is trained medically, not to mention the lack of certain types of medical equipment.

However, sometimes you got to do with what you’ve got, which is what a doctor and three neonatal nurses did during a flight from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Honolulu, Hawaii. Lavinia Mounga, one of the passengers on board, did not know she was pregnant before she went into labor, but luckily the doctor and nurses were on board to help deliver her baby.

However, like we said, there was a lack of medical equipment, but they made do with what was available, which included an Apple Watch which was used to help measure and monitor the baby’s heart rate.

According to Dr. Dale Glenn, the physician who was on the flight, “None of the equipment we have was suitable for a premature baby, and this baby was born at 29 weeks instead of the normal 40 weeks, right? So we made baby warmers out of bottles that were microwaved. We used an Apple Watch to measure the heart rate.”

The baby was delivered successfully and upon landing, the mother and baby were sent to Kapiolani Medical Center where the baby will live until he is ready to go home.

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